On Christmas Day Oliver turned six months old and Rob and I both felt a little sad. How has it been half a year with our boy? It sure doesn’t feel like it. Half a year sounds like a long time somehow, and the days have just been flying by. After we got emotional about how quickly Oliver is growing and looking back at photos month by month, we actually felt happy and relieved. Our little boy is growing…he’s reaching his milestones, and most importantly: he’s healthy and happy. I started writing this post right after the new year and then before I knew it, boom! He turned 7 months old. So here’s a little update on the last few months and what Oliver has been up to at 6 and 7 months old.
At this point it’s hard to say what has been the easiest month because I think each comes with it’s challenges. There was so much growth from 5 to 6 months. We transitioned Oliver to his crib at the beginning of December. It was a quick decision Rob and I made one evening and I cried about the idea of him not being in our room anymore, but by night three I felt okay. He slept through the night from the first night in his room. I however, did not sleep a wink staring obsessively at the monitor. I might do a post about how we made the transition, but it sure does feel nice to have our room back and not tip toe each night getting into bed, fearing a subtle move of the covers might wake him up.
Teething at 6 Months Old
The last two weeks of December he was teething hardcore! After a few rough nights of waking up several times and crying that broke my heart, Oliver officially has his two bottom teeth! The teething was worse than I thought it would be. He was completely unlike himself: irritable during the day, waking up in the middle of the night like I mentioned…just inconsolable. It was so sad. We used this tooth oil and lots of frozen teething toys to get through the days. It helped ease things a bit. We also would attach this little toothbrush teether to a pacifier holder (since he ditched the pacifier at 5 months) and it was a big source of comfort for him while on the go. I heard the first tooth (or two) is the worst and I’m hoping that saying is correct. It’s nice to have our happy little boy back. I thought I would miss the gummy smile, and well I guess I do, but seeing his two little teeth pop out on the bottom is pretty adorable. They popped through right after New Year’s Day and what a way to start off the new year! Ha!
Introducing Solids at 6 Months
We started solids as well over the last month and a half and it has been so fun! So far I don’t think there is any food he hasn’t enjoyed. We are trying a baby-led weaning approach, so anything we make for breakfast, lunch or dinner, we give to Oliver as well. So far he has tried: bananas, apples, rice, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, avocado, Italian bread, spinach, zucchini, carrots, mango, hummus and beans. The list goes on. He’s tried 15 different foods total so far. His expressions crack us up and he insists on feeding himself with the spoon, (also grabs for toast and avocado with his hands) which we get a kick out of. We got a tiny stainless steel cup for water and he’s getting a pretty good grasp on it lately. I’ll probably do a whole separate post on his eating (if you have any questions let me know), but for now that’s where we’re at. I use the little pouches with more pureed food when we’re on the go, or if Rob and I order take out, but for the most part it’s been fine ordering a side for him at a restaurant and he seems to enjoy eating with us. I rounded up a few of our mealtime favorites for babies + toddlers, HERE. He’s still loving his Stokke highchair too!
PlayTIME at 6 + 7 Months Old
His personality has been evolving like crazy. It’s almost as though the three of us have inside jokes these days. He started playing peek-a-boo with us, where he brings his book up to his face and then he pokes his head out when we say “where’s Oliver?”. During his awake time, we do a lot of park dates and errands. He seems pretty social, but definitely likes to make sure we’re nearby when with new people. When we’re at home he speeds around in the walker and shimmies himself all over the rug with his toys. The belly laughs have gotten insane these days.
He’s amazed with the dining room light, Rob pouring coffee, any sort of cooking we do, rolling all around his play mat in his bedroom, and touching his toes. He’s making a ton of new sounds (dada, mama, b-b-b-b when looking at books, and s-s-s-s for the star hanging above his crib). He’s getting pretty quick around the house and plays independently with us nearby for a good chunk of time, which was a goal of ours.
SLEEP SCHEDULE AT 7 MONTHS OLD
Not too much has changed with his sleeping, aside from his naps. We’re down to two naps a day: one in the morning which is usually from 9-10:30am and then a larger afternoon nap from 1:30-3:30pm. That big chunk is when we usually get some work done. He’s still going to bed between 7 and 7:30pm, which gives me and Rob some adult time.
Going Out at 7 Months Old
The last few weeks we’ve been going out a lot more with him. He can sit up now unassisted so highchairs and even just hanging out in a booth at a restaurant has been nice. He’s still a little bit in that in-between stage where he is developing all of these new skills and has these wants, but can’t exactly do it all on his own yet. It’s so obvious the want is there though and that makes us happy.
All in all I think those are the updates. Some days he is the biggest cuddle bug and I cry my eyes out thinking how fast he’s growing. The other night I thought about his future wedding and well, after some ridiculous conversation, Rob and I got some good laughs out of it all. He’s definitely our little dream baby.
For past monthly updates and all things baby related, click HERE.